Drunk Driving over the Holiday Season
The night before Thanksgiving is a time for many people in and around Alpharetta to reunite with friends and family members who have come into town for the holiday weekend. Many of these gatherings take place at bars or other drinking establishments and, unfortunately, many people make the decision to try to drive home afterward. The same is true for those who had too much wine with Thanksgiving dinner or in the evenings that follow. Sadly, because of these drunk drivers, many people have their Thanksgiving weekend ruined by injuries in car crashes.
As we head into the winter holidays such as Christmas and Hanukkah, the increased risks of drunk driving persist – almost throughout the entire month of December. Many people have packed schedules with office parties, social gatherings, and other festive occasions where they may tip back spiked eggnog all night and sing holiday carols. Their merriment can end abruptly if they are later involved in a drunk driving collision and the same is true for injured accident victims. Finally, the year ends and a new one begins with notoriously drunken night of New Year’s Eve, during which the dangers of drunk drivers can be even higher. Overall, the holiday season can be a very dangerous time to be on the road.
What to do if You Were Hit by a Drunk Driver
While police departments always plan to increase enforcement efforts of drunk driving laws, they cannot catch every impaired driver before they cause a collision. If someone crashes into your car during the holidays, you may want to take the following steps to protect your legal rights:
- Watch for signs that they might be intoxicated when they get out of the car.
- Do not challenge them or accuse them of being intoxicated as they may be belligerent or may be tempted to drive away.
- Call law enforcement and wait until they arrive on the scene. Police officers will determine whether there is probable cause to arrest the other driver for driving under the influence (DUI).
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible so that any injuries are properly treated and recorded.
- Contact an Alpharetta drunk driving accident attorney as soon as you can to discuss what happened.
Even if the driver is charged with a crime under Georgia DUI laws, their criminal case will not result in financial recovery for your medical bills and other losses. Instead, you will need to take legal action to seek compensation from either their insurance company or the driver themselves.